Dr. Kael Dylan Hanson Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin Madison



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Dr. Kael Dylan Hanson

Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin – Madison

1150 University Avenue

Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-3395

FAX: (608) 263-0800



email: kaeld@amanda.physics.wisc.edu
  1. Education


1991 – 2000 The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Ph.D., Physics, February 2000, A Measurement of the Neutrino-Induced Muon Flux at the MACRO Detector.

1987 – 1991 The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. B.S., Physics, May 1991.


  1. Research Experience


2002 – present Research Associate, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Department of Physics. Astrophysics, particle physics research on AMANDA and IceCube neutrino telescopes at South Pole.

2000 – 2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Department of Physics & Astronomy. Astrophysics, particle physics research on AMANDA and IceCube neutrino telescopes.

1999 Graduate Researcher, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Department of Physics. Research work on E871 “HyperCP” experiment, FNAL, Batavia, IL.

1994 – 2000 Graduate Researcher, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Department of Physics. Research work toward Ph.D. dissertation on MACRO cosmic ray observatory, INFN Gran Sasso Labs, Assergi, Italy.

1991 Graduate Researcher, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Department of Physics. Summer student on E683 jet photoproduction experiment, FNAL, Batavia, IL.

  1. Teaching Experience


2002 The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Substitute lecturer for Physics 201.

1995 – 1999 The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Graduate teaching assistant: introductory physics labs, four semesters; modern physics discussion section, one semeser.


  1. Industrial Experience


1993 – 2000 Sentec Corporation, Walled Lake, MI. Consultant: application software and embedded real-time OS firmware; digital signal processing development for audio and image industrial research project.

2001 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Consultant: MATLAB-based data acquisition system.


  1. Awards


1995 Visiting Student Fellowship recipient, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare.

1994 Dissertation Enhancement awardee, National Science Foundation



1991 Rackham Merit Fellowship recipient, Horace H. Rackham Graduate School.
  1. Research Experience – Detail

AMANDA/IceCube Activities


  • IceCube Early Career Scientist Representative (2002 to present).

  • Coordinator of IceCube TestDAQ. The TestDAQ is an early implementation of the experiment data acquisition system that will run in the optical module testing facilities.

  • Java developer of the DAQControl and DataCollector core software components of the IceCube TestDAQ. The DAQControl application is the overall configuration control application in the TestDAQ that controls its subordinates using the RMI distributed object protocol. DataCollector is a networked Java application which collects data from the various channels of the TestDAQ and streams to file.

  • Photomultiplier tube testing and selection for IceCube experiment.

  • Developer and maintainer of MonteCarlo code for simulating ultrahigh-energy neutrino interactions used for signal simulation of electron, muon, and tau-neutrino induced cascades in AMANDA and IceCube.

  • Member of IceCube software advisory panel.

  • Contributing author to IceCube Preliminary Design Document.

  • AMANDA calibration coordinator (2001 – 2002)

  • Developed, implemented, and integrated into the standard AMANDA analysis code, a minimization routine which speeds event reconstruction by 10X.

  • Developed method of calibrating AMANDA using cosmic ray muons. This method has been incorporated into AMANDA calibration.

  • Analysis of high-energy neutrino emission from GRBs and other transient astrophysical sources.

MACRO Activities


  • Maintenance of ERP scintillator subsystem trigger and readout processor.

  • Scintillator calibrations.

  • Spent one year in residence at Gran Sasso Labs. Responsible for daily support of detector hardware and data acquisition system (1994 – 1995).

E871 Activities


  • Programmed C++ tracking code for analysis of rare particle decays in spectrometer.

  • Wrote event display package.

  • Installed and tested downstream muon proportional wire chambers.

E683 Activities


  • Wrote detector monitoring packages for readout of Camac hardware.
  1. Industrial Experience – Detail

Sentec Corporation


  • Designed and implemented C++ time-delayed neural network processor for complex pattern recognition in real-time audio data. Programmed Win32 graphical interface shell around audio processor which streamed audio from National Instrustruments A/D card into neural network and displayed results to user.

  • In MATLAB framework, wrote image processing FFT filters to enhance signals from holographic silicon wafer scanning device prototype. Additonally, produced scripts for automated control of CCD camera and X/Y table stepper.

  • Programmed Windows 95 protected mode device driver (VxD) in C and x86 assembly languages for high-performance readout of 3rd party portable spectrophotometer.

  • Wrote Win32 GUI data logger to readout and display information from remote network of nephelometer devices.

  • Development and debugging of RTOS running of 8-bit PIC microcontroller device.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


  • Wrote MATLAB programs for interfacing to external audio data acquisition system and digital signal processor using ActiveX controls.
  1. Computer Experience

Programming Languages


  • High-level scripting languages: Perl, Python, Bourne shell, C shell.

  • High-level languages: C, C++, Java, Fortran.

  • Low-level languages: 68000 assembler, x86 assembler, PIC assembly.

Operating System Administration


  • Experienced system administrator with medium to large Linux clusters (3 years experience)

  • HPUX system administrator (2 years experience)

Invited Talks

  1. “Neutrino Astrophysics at the South Pole.” Seminar, Department of Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (10/2001)

  2. “Large Cascade Physics at Neutrino Telescopes.” RPM symposium, Physics Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (02/2002)

  3. “Time Calibration of the AMANDA Detector.” Conference talk, Calor 2002 – Calibration in High Energy Physics Conference, Pasadena, CA (03/2002)

  4. “Recent Physics Results from AMANDA II.” Conference talk, International Conference on High Energy Physics, Amsterdam, Netherlands (07/2002)

Publications

  1. RESULTS FROM AMANDA.
    By AMANDA Collaboration (C. Wiebusch
    et al.). 2002.
    Published in
    Mod.Phys.Lett.A17:2019-2037,2002

  2. SEARCH FOR POINT SOURCES OF HIGH ENERGY NEUTRINOS WITH AMANDA.
    By The AMANDA Collaboration (J. Ahrens et al.). Aug 2002. 46pp.
    Published in
    Astrophys.J.583:1040-1057,2003

  3. SEARCH FOR POINT SOURCES OF HIGH ENERGY NEUTRINOS WITH AMANDA.
    By The AMANDA Collaboration (J. Ahrens
    et al.). Aug 2002. 46pp.
    Published in
    Astrophys.J.583:1040-1057,2003

  4. SEARCH FOR NEUTRINO-INDUCED CASCADES WITH THE AMANDA DETECTOR.
    By The AMANDA Collaboration (J. Ahrens
    et al.). Jun 2002. 11pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D67:012003,2003

  5. OBSERVATION OF HIGH-ENERGY ATMOSPHERIC NEUTRINOS WITH THE ANTARCTIC MUON AND NEUTRINO DETECTOR ARRAY.
    By AMANDA Collaboration (J. Ahrens
    et al.). May 2002. 21pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D66:012005,2002

  6. LIMITS TO THE MUON FLUX FROM WIMP ANNIHILATION IN THE CENTER OF THE EARTH WITH THE AMANDA DETECTOR.
    By AMANDA Collaboration (J. Ahrens
    et al.). Feb 2002. 13pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D66:032006,2002

  7. SEARCH FOR SUPERNOVA NEUTRINO BURSTS WITH THE AMANDA DETECTOR.
    By AMANDA Collaboration (J. Ahrens
    et al.). May 2001. 20pp.
    Published in
    Astropart.Phys.16:345-359,2002

  8. OBSERVATION OF HIGH-ENERGY NEUTRINOS USING CERENKOV DETECTORS EMBEDDED DEEP IN ANTARCTIC ICE.
    By E. Andres, P. Askebjer, X. Bai, G. Barouch, S.W. Barwick, R.C. Bay, K.H. Becker, L. Bergstrom, D. Bertrand, D. Bierenbaum, A. Biron, J. Booth, O. Botner, A. Bouchta, M. Boyce, S. Carius, A. Chen, D. Chirkin, J. Conrad, J. Cooley, C.G.S. Costa, D.F. Cowen, J. Dailing, E. Dalberg, T. DeYoung, P. Desiati, J.P. Dewulf, P. Doksus, J. Edsjo, P. Ekstrom, B. Erlandsson, T. Feser, M. Gaug, A. Goldschmidt, A. Goobar, L. Gray, H. Haase, A. Hallgren, F. Halzen, K. Hanson, R. Hardtke, Y.D. He, M. Hellwig, H. Heukenkamp, G.C. Hill, P.O. Hulth, S. Hundertmark, J. Jacobsen, V. Kandhadai, A. Karle, J. Kim, B. Koci, L. Kopke, M. Kowalski, H. Leich, M. Leuthold, P. Lindahl, I. Liubarsky, P. Loaiza, D.M. Lowder, J. Ludvig, J. Madsen, P. Marciniewski, H.S Matis, A. Mihalyi, T. Mikolajski, T.C. Miller, Y. Minaeva, P. Miocinovic, P.C. Mock, R. Morse, T. Neunhoffer, F.M. Newcomer, P. Niessen, D.R. Nygren, H. Ogelman, C. Perez de los Heros, R. Porrata, P.B. Price, K. Rawlins, C. Reed, W. Rhode, A. Richards, S. Richter, J. Rodriguez Martino, P. Romenesko, D. Ross, H. Rubinstein, H.G. Sander, T. Scheider, T. Schmidt, D. Schneider, E. Schneider, R. Schwarz, A. Silvestri, M. Solarz, G.M. Spiczak, C. Spiering, N. Starinsky, D. Steele, P. Steffen, R.G. Stokstad, O. Streicher, Q. Sun, I. Taboada, L. Thollander, T. Thon, S. Tilav, N. Usechak, M. Vander Donckt, C. Walck, C. Weinheimer, C.H. Wiebusch, R. Wischnewski, H. Wissing, K. Woschnagg, W. Wu, G. Yodh, S. Young (Wisconsin U., Madison & Stockholm U. & Bartol Research Inst. & UC, Irvine & UC, Berkeley & Wuppertal U. & Vrije U., Brussels & DESY, Zeuthen & Uppsala U. & Kalmar U. & Pennsylvania U. & Mainz U., Inst. Phys. & LBL, Berkeley). PRINT-01-004, Mar 2001. 3pp.
    Published in
    Nature 410:441-443,2001

  9. LOW-ENERGY ATMOSPHERIC MUON NEUTRINOS IN MACRO.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). 2000.
    Published in
    Phys.Lett.B478:5-13,2000

  10. NEUTRINO ASTRONOMY WITH THE MACRO DETECTOR.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). Feb 2000. 37pp.
    Published in
    Astrophys.J.546:1038-1054,2001

  11. A SEARCH FOR LIGHTLY IONIZING PARTICLES WITH THE MACRO DETECTOR.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). Feb 2000. 15pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D62:052003,2000

  12. NUCLEARITE SEARCH WITH THE MACRO DETECTOR AT GRAN SASSO.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). Apr 1999. 16pp.
    Published in
    Eur.Phys.J.C13:453-458,2000

  13. HIGH STATISTICS MEASUREMENT OF THE UNDERGROUND MUON PAIR SEPARATION AT GRAN SASSO.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-99-04, Jan 1999. 38pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D60:032001,1999

  14. LIMITS ON DARK MATTER WIMPS USING UPWARD GOING MUONS IN THE MACRO DETECTOR.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). Dec 1998. 14pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D60:082002,1999

  15. MEASUREMENT OF THE ENERGY SPECTRUM OF UNDERGROUND MUONS AT GRAN SASSO WITH A TRANSITION RADIATION DETECTOR.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-98-15, Jul 1998. 21pp.
    Published in
    Astropart.Phys.10:11-20,1999

  16. OBSERVATION OF THE SHADOWING OF COSMIC RAYS BY THE MOON USING A DEEP UNDERGROUND DETECTOR.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-98-14, BUHEP-98-19, IUHEP-98-107, Jul 1998. 14pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D59:012003,1999

  17. MEASUREMENT OF THE ATMOSPHERIC NEUTRINO INDUCED UPGOING MUON FLUX USING MACRO.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-98-13, Jul 1998. 7pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Lett.B434:451-457,1998

  18. PARTICLE PRODUCTION AT 0 DEGREES FROM THE COLLIDER.
    By K.W. Del Signore, H.R. Gustafson, K.D. Hanson, L.W. Jones, M.J. Longo, F. Lopez (Michigan U.), S. Berridge, W.M. Bugg, H. Cohn, Yu. Efremenko, E.L. Hart, Yu. Kamyshkov, A. Weidemann (Tennessee U.), B. Hanna, M. Martens, J. Streets (Fermilab), C.C. Taylor (Case Western Reserve U.), J. Matthews (Louisiana State U.). FERMILAB-PROPOSAL-0899, Sep 1997. 28pp.


  19. THE OBSERVATION OF UPGOING CHARGED PARTICLES PRODUCED BY HIGH-ENERGY MUONS IN UNDERGROUND DETECTORS.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-97-55, Nov 1997. 18pp.
    Published in
    Astropart.Phys.9:105-117,1998

  20. REAL TIME SUPERNOVA NEUTRINO BURST DETECTION WITH MACRO.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-97-44, Jul 1997. 15pp.
    Published in
    Astropart.Phys.8:123-133,1998

  21. MAGNETIC MONOPOLE SEARCH WITH THE MACRO DETECTOR AT GRAN SASSO.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-97-16, May 1997. 15pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Lett.B406:249-255,1997

  22. SEASONAL VARIATIONS IN THE UNDERGROUND MUON INTENSITY AS SEEN BY MACRO.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-97-05, Jan 1997. 25pp.
    Published in
    Astropart.Phys.7:109-124,1997

  23. HIGH-ENERGY COSMIC RAY PHYSICS WITH THE MACRO DETECTOR AT GRAN SASSO: PART 2. PRIMARY SPECTRA AND COMPOSITION.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-96-29, Oct 1996. 36pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D56:1418-1436,1997

  24. HIGH-ENERGY COSMIC RAY PHYSICS WITH THE MACRO DETECTOR AT GRAN SASSO: PART 1. ANALYSIS METHODS AND EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-96-28, Oct 1996. 19pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D56:1407-1417,1997

  25. THE PERFORMANCE OF MACRO LIQUID SCINTILLATOR IN THE SEARCH FOR MAGNETIC MONOPOLES WITH 10**(-3) < BETA < 1.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). INFN-AE-96-22, Jul 1996. 36pp.
    Published in
    Astropart.Phys.6:113-128,1997

  26. PERFORMANCE OF THE MACRO STREAMER TUBE SYSTEM IN THE SEARCH FOR MAGNETIC MONOPOLES.
    By MACRO Collaboration (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). 1995.
    Published in
    Astropart.Phys.4:33-43,1995

  27. ATMOSPHERIC NEUTRINO FLUX MEASUREMENT USING UPGOING MUONS.
    By MACRO Collaboration (S.P. Ahlen
    et al.). 1995.
    Published in
    Phys.Lett.B357:481-486,1995

  28. VERTICAL MUON INTENSITY MEASURED WITH MACRO AT THE GRAN SASSO LABORATORY.
    By MACRO Collaboration. (M. Ambrosio
    et al.). LNGS-95-03, Feb 1995. 17pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Rev.D52:3793-3802,1995

  29. STUDY OF THE PRIMARY COSMIC RAY COMPOSITION AROUND THE KNEE OF THE ENERGY SPECTRUM.
    By EAS-TOP Collaboration and MACRO Collaboration (M. Aglietta
    et al.). LNGS-94-100, Jun 1994. 13pp.
    Published in
    Phys.Lett.B337:376-382,1994


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